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Old 01-17-2003, 05:13 PM   #1
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Can't install anything...plz help

I've installed Redhat 8.0 this morning and I'm having trouble

1-Installing Linux -specific programs

2-No sound (get error 1313 under gnome/ no response under KDE) though my soundcard has been detected
***I was able to get sound when I installed RH8.0 under Virtual PC****

3-Probs viewing any type of video

4-Probs w/ Chatrooms (I think I need a Linux VM of some sort)

I've been using windows all my life, but I hear nothing but good things about linux and I've spent all day trying to learn the pros and cons of linux So any help on any of the above will be appreciated.

Im running:

Athlon 1.1 ghz
768 ram
nvidia geforce 3 ti 128mb
win xp pro on master 80gb
Redhat 8.0 (psyche release) on slave 40 gb (all packages installed)
intergrated sound VT8233 AC 97 Audio Controller

Last edited by psxguy; 01-18-2003 at 08:06 AM.
Old 01-17-2003, 07:33 PM   #2
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Am I to assume that your problem is that you don't know how to install programs, or that your computer won't let you?

1. Since you're using Redhat you have two choices. 1. download a rpm file and then type rpm -ivh somefile.rpm 2. you can download the sources to the file unpack it (tar xvzf somefile.tar.gz), enter the directory it unpacked it to (cd somedirectory), type ./configure, then type make, then type make install.

2. You're going to have to provide more info i.e. what kind of card you're trying to install. I think I have a integrated soundcard too, but specifically it's an ensoniq es171.

3. You're going to need to install some sort of video player. What kind of video would you like to watch?

4. I assume you're talking about a java virtual machine. You'll need to get the jre from Sun and then make a symbolic link to it. Here's an example of a symbolic link: Say the plugin I need for mozilla to run java was in /usr/java/jre/ (this is hypothetical, not specific), and I wanted to make a symbolic link to it in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins I would type the following at the prompt:

ln -s /usr/java/jre/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

I'm sure you'll have more questions, so keep them coming.
I hope I haven't confused you more.
Old 01-18-2003, 09:46 AM   #3
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Installing software on Linux is sometimes a pain in the ass. Your best bet is to get apt4rpm, look at for guidance on this.


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